Gary Botzek: a well deserved Man of the Year

For most of the past decade, Gary Botzek’s name has been near
the top of the list as a candidate for Outdoor News Man of the
Year. In 2011, we’ve finally awarded him this well-deserved honor.
He’s the 13th person to receive this award, and like his
predecessors, he’s an old-school conservationist who believes in
the holy trinity of public lands, habitat restoration, and
environmental regulation. 

For as long as I’ve been around, Botzek consistently has been
the guy in the Capitol trenches banging for hunters, anglers, and
conservationists. From the time the Legislature starts in January
or February until it adjourns, few work as hard on behalf of
conservation in St. Paul as Botzek. Read the whole profile in the
print version of this week’s Outdoor News.

Congratulations to my friend and great outdoors advocate Gary
Botzek. And if anyone has a nominee for the 2012 Man of the Year,
please email me at

Outdoor News launches a series of stories this week focusing on
the fishy menace that Asian carp pose for Minnesota and the Great
Lakes region. In a week or so, we’ll begin posting the stories on a
special website page. In addition to the complete stories, we’ll
include on the web videos of Asian carp and other news that –
because of the sheer volume of information involving Asian carp –
doesn’t always make print. Monitor this content in the print
editions, or check for archived Asian carp stories at

By the way, I’ll be at the Outdoor News booth for the unofficial
kick-off for spring, the Northwest Sportshow, from noon to 3 on
Friday, April 1. We hope you’ll stop by the Outdoor News booth any
time during the five-day show to admire our world record replica
fish mounts and renew your subscription. See you at the show.

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